Originally, Ryanair had planned to increase the number of flights they operate to Essex by 5%, starting in April, but now they have taken a difference stance on things and are planning on cutting 170 flights across 43 routes at Stansted because the airport is increasing its landing fees. The reduction in flights means that 1.1 million fewer passengers will go through the airport, which might mean the loss of up to 1000 jobs, as more than half of Stansted’s flights are with Ryanair.
The change in fees comes after the sale of the airport by Ferrovial/BAA to Manchester Airports Group (MAG) for a sum of £1.5 billion. Ryanair has said their decision to pull flights is due to the 6% increase in charges at the airport, something the airline says should be investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Robin Kiely, a spokesperson for Ryanair, says it’s bad enough that Ferrovial/BAA had increased prices over the past six years, while recording traffic decreases, but now the CAA is allowing them to compensate for lost traffic by raising the fees even more.
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